Baseball: Division III
Head Coach - Eric Anderson, second season as varsity coach.
After only losing two seniors to graduation, coach Anderson brings back plenty of players with varsity experience including a cluster of seniors; Ian Furrer, Dominic Strohmeyer, Justin Veysey, T. J. Slade and Michael Cavacas and junior pitcher/shortstop Jason Albert.
Offensively, the Chiefs probably will not possess a lot of home run power, but they have plenty of contact hitters and speed up and down the line up, that and timely hitting is really all you need to score runs.
Veysey and T. J. Slade will set the table at the top of the line up, with Albert, Stroghmeyer and Furrer being counted on to drive in runs from the heart of the order.
Defensively, Albert anchors the infield at shortstop, with Logan Little stepping in a short when Albert is on the mound.
The corner infielders will be manned by Cavacas at first base and Strohmeyer at third, while the speedy Veysey will anchor the outfield from center field.
The pitching rotation will consist of Albert as the number-one starter, followed by Cavacas.
Slade is the starting catcher with Jacob Walker, who should also see time in right field, as the back up.
Other players looking to create an impact on the field include infielders Howard Colton and Logan Little, and outfielders Tyler Francoeur, Furrer and Skylar Jarvi.
The Chiefs offense should be able to put some pressure on the opponent by making contact and using their speed on the base paths, but they also need to be aggressive and perhaps even take some chances in order to produce runs.
If their pitching comes through and they can play solid defense, the Chiefs could make some noise come tournament time.
Head Coach - Howie Paul, seventh season as varsity coach.
After only losing a couple seniors to graduation, the Lady Chiefs bring back plenty of experience this season, including the senior starting battery of pitcher Sara Groshens and catcher Britta Kilgus.
Senior Lindsay Walton at shortstop is another key component to the success of the Lady Chiefs, both in the field and at the plate.
Carley and Bailey Stauffer anchor the right side of the infield at second and first base respectively, while junior Laura Hoffman rounds out the infield at third base.
The outfield will see some changes, anchored by speedy newcomer MaKayla Benson, but the one question might be how much offense the Lady Chieftains can produce.
Without possessing a lot power, GM will need to show discipline at the plate to generate base runners and manufacture runs.
If they can do this, they have the pitching and the defense to be a serious threat in Division III.
After a season-opening, 8-2 road win against Arlington in which Groshens pitched a one-hitter with a whopping 17 strike outs, the Lady Cosmos followed that up with a home-opening win over Springfield in which Groshens tossed a four-hitter with 13 strike outs.
Trailing 2-1 in the sixth inning, Green Mountain exploded for nine runs on eight hits to put away, what was a very close game throughout.
Senior Lindsay Walton led the offense with three hits and two RBI's while Bailey Stauffer and Groshens also drove in two runs each in the big inning.